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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Mascara Review: Fasio Full Dynamic Volume BR300

My current favourite Japanese mascara is Fasio's Ultra Curl Lock Volume formula [reviewed here], so of course I ordered their latest release as soon as it showed up on adambeauty. Er... and  Hyper Stay Mascara Volume Plus to boot [review to follow] because if lighting's going to strike twice, it might strike thrice? Cosmic law of busses or something.

Fasio mascara Full Dynamic Volume Ultra Curl Lock Hyper Stay Magne
Ultra Curl Lock and Hyper-Stay Magne-Plus also come in lengthening formulas, but there's only one Full Dynamic Volume.

...as suggested by its distinctly stumpier packaging
Fasio mascara Full Dynamic Volume Ultra Curl Lock Hyper Stay Magne

Full Dynamic Volume comes with a traditional straight bristle-brush wand, while the other two are curved plastic combs (dual-sided for Ultra Curl Lock):
Fasio mascara Full Dynamic Volume Ultra Curl Lock Hyper Stay Magne

In the whirl of mascara purchase frenzy, I may have chosen the brown shade of Full Dynamic Volume mascara (BR300) by mistake XD But! This worked out quite nicely, as it's a very good dark and balanced cool brown without the strong red tones that can make my eyes look rabbitty/serial-killery/serial-rabitt-killery or any permutation thereof.

In fact, I've been actively enjoying pairing it with soft, springy shades for extra bambiliciousness.

Today's rediscoveries
Lunasol Three Dimensional Eyes 03 Mysterious Beige (one of the very first things I drivelled about! Still v. fond; only Lunasol quad I've kept this long)
Burberry Bright Plum Lip Cover depot (one of my all-time favourite lip shades)
and Dainty Doll 001 Hippy Hippy Shake blush (repressed into an empty 26mm pan after the unfortunate accident mentioned in my review)

Before mascara

One coat of Fasio Full Dynamic Volume mascara BR300
...gives softly volumised, yet separated and fluttery lashes without obnoxious lengthening fibres, and is even usable on my lower lashes (where I absolutely loathe any extra length). The formula is a good balance of wet enough to be effortlessly clump-free in brushing through, and quick-drying enough to hold a curl for days. I do mean quick-drying -- if you want to layer/build substantially, work fast, and on one eye at a time, because this dries extremely dry -- classically crispy in fact -- and is highly unforgiving of a further layer once set (see my sad left eye in Look 1 here for proof).

This is the least lengthing Japanese formula I've ever tried, which perhaps exaggerates its just above-average volumising effect; it's a better fit for my preferences than most -- not quite as dramatic as Ultra Curl Lock Volume, but more girly-fluttery, and also much quicker/easier to slick on in the morning. Like Ultra Curl Lock Volume, it wears like iron and does require a separate mascara remover (my stand-by is still Heroine Make) in addition to cleansing oil to minimise friction/time-wastage/swearing.


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17 comments:

  1. nice review thanks, but oh my that lip colour is AMAZING. I definitely need it.

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  2. Your lashes are always so incredibly pretty and long, in fact I was pretty amazed the first time I read this blog! Now those two brushes look interesting, I don't think I've ever tried one of these. And let's talk about that lipcolour, too pretty! Looks like I need another trip to the Burberry counter!

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    1. thank you, Teri :D My lashes are so straight, though, bane of my existence!

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  3. *heart palpitations* Oh, that flutter!

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  4. That blush looks phenomenal on your skin

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    1. Thank you! Not to everyone's taste, but exactly the pastel I'd been looking for ;)

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  5. I need some serial-rabbit-killery eyes in my life so I will try your earlier fave, Fasio Full Dynamic Volume, instead. But how perfect that Burberry lipstick looks on you: the dynamic between your fave look-at-me red with a dash of cherry i and a slightly pinker look in the last photo-lightning...perfection!

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    1. mistook names: the Fasio Ultra Curl lock

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    2. Sorry! Welter of words. The serial-rabbit-killery ones are the brown shades commonly found in Western brands :) My last mishap was with a Max Factor 24Hr tube.

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  6. Va-va-voom lashes, Kate! I've always been wondering how you curl your lashes SO well! I guess having a crease helps! I have the impression that my monolids just keep pushing my lashes down. That or I actually am not good of an eyelash curler ;)

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    1. No wai! I covet monolids like woah -- a much nicer canvas for makeup.

      The biggest factor was finding a curler that was the perfect fit, but otherwise I have no special tricks :( My hair is generally super soft and wimpy so if I don't put anything on my lashes they stay curled all day.

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  7. Thanks for your review! Count me to one of those "always-on-the-hunt-after-the-best-mascara" persons! ;)

    I might have said this before, but you have really nice lashes to begin with! Just like you, the perfect mascara for me is one that holds the curl like da bomb, while providing a good amount of length and volume to the lashes (yet still separated lashes!)

    One of my favorite mascaras is the Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara, but I find that it dries out really quick, and the fibers are a little irritating to my sensitive eyes - especially when I'm wearing contacts.

    After your review, I think I'm going to give Fasio a try now!
    Please keep us updated about all your mascara testings! :)

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    1. Jess! It is great to 'see' you!

      I used to use Heroine Make Volume&Curl, but the new formula (pink tube) does NOT work for me at all :(

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  8. Ahh Kate, I really wish you'd start doing tutorials, you beautiful creature, you! :P Your eye looks always seem so immaculate and soft and gorgeous and really effortless but I just can't seem to replicate it exactly! :(

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    1. Haha :* ILY. I have no tricks up my sleeve! The only unusual thing I do is to NOT use eyeshadow primer -- so there's nothing gloopy to 'grab' on to the shadow, and blending goes much more easily :)

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